Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $3.49 (2.9%) to $125.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.97-$125.12 after having opened the day at $120.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.62. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 18.3%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 13.9%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 10.5%, and Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 10.4%.
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Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States and South Africa. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquid (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $14.75 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 11.9%, Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 10.3%, SandRidge Mississippian Trust I ( SDT), down 8.2%, and Isramco ( ISRL), down 7.6%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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